On my recent trip to Bali, my husband and I had the pleasure of staying at InterContinental Bali Resort for one night before we set off to my next destination. The moment I’d arrived in Bali International Airport, I was received by the hotel’s airport representative and whisked away in a private transfer that came fully equipped with complimentary wi-fi service, welcome towels, mineral water and sweets. Approximately 15 minutes later, before I could even finish uploading stories to IG, I was greeted with the sight of the expansive grounds of the resort and later warmly welcomed by the Assistant Club Manager Juli at the point of arrival.
Based on my research prior to coming to Bali, I’d anticipated the resort to be huge (just take a look at their aerial shots in their website). It certainly surpassed my expectations in terms of resorts grounds and amenities as I was awestruck by its size! The resort is massive boosting 14 hectares of land, over 400 guest rooms, at least 6 pools (as far as I could keep track of), large welcome lobby, 2 spa centres, kids centre, football field, tennis courts, 24 hour gym, a Japanese garden, 4 in-house restaurants, a jewellery store, boutique and the list goes on! Situated in Jimbaran, the beach is just footsteps away from the main pool! It’s great to take note that while I’ve stayed in resorts of a similar size, the resort’s layout is excellent and so well planned that it certainly seems larger than 14 hectares!
As I would be staying in the Club Intercontinental room, a premier accommodation of the resort where rooms are located in a private wing tucked away in a secluded enclave, I had access these privileges that were exclusive to only Club Room guests:
- Personalized service of Club InterContinental 24-hour Butler Service
- Exclusive return airport transfer
- Personalised check-in and check-out services at the Club InterContinental Lounge
- Complimentary breakfast at a choice of four breakfast venues
- Complimentary hand-made pralines, a fruit basket and a selection of premier TWG specialist teas
- Unlimited access to Club InterContinental Lounge to enjoy Afternoon tea, three hour cocktails and canapes each evening and 24 hours of refreshments.
- Unlimited access to the Club InterContinental Pool
- Complimentary use of the jacuzzi, steam room and sauna at Spa Uluwatu
Juli ushered me into the Club Lounge with decadent British colonial interiors and furnishings, I felt like I was transported back into a different time. I found my husband already attended to and kicking back to some refreshments as he’s arrived separately. Juli swiftly checked me in after settling me into a table of my choice; an outdoor table overlooking the bridge and lake with lotuses. I had the best timing for arrival as I was just in time for High Tea hour! It was a decadent spread which included bubbles, wine, tea and coffee to choose from. And for those of you who know me all too well from my IG, I certainly couldn’t pass up on some bubbles and a good cuppa coffee! To my delight, the bubbles were good, latte I ordered was excellent and the afternoon tea set was delectable! I particularly enjoyed the scones with a touch of lemon custard whilst my husband enjoyed the savoury sandwiches.
Of course, we wanted to explore the resort and given that we had only a short time, we were introduced to our butler who then gave us some informative of all the amenities around the resort before we arrived to freshen up in our room. The room was a fusion of contemporary and balinese interior and it was huge! There was an outdoor balcony with a view of the landscape and sea views! The next thing I noticed was the handmade box of pralines (which devoured almost and) and a fruit basket filled with local fruits. We snapped some pictures around the resort before visiting the Sunset Beach Bar for complimentary cocktails for Club Room guests between 4.30pm to 7.30pm while watching the sun set.
Those who frequent Bali, should already be aware that traffic jams are not uncommon. To stay in a resort away from the beach requires careful planning of time, otherwise one may be caught in traffic jams and arrive after the main event (sunset). Hence, the highlight of the resort for me was getting to enjoy both a pristine beach side getaway without having to leave the comfort of the resort and having evening cocktails whilst enjoying golden hour! Having said that, if you are one who loves getting out come nightfall to explore other dining options, you will be pleased to find plenty of beach side restaurants specialising in seafood to dine at. Also, I did not manage to peel myself away, from all the amenities, activities and complimentary services offered within the resort, to venture out of the resort since I was spoilt with choices! If I did have more time, I would have definitely signed myself up for a chance to learn the art of traditional Balinese dance. I recall a TV program I’d watched about the traditional balinese dance and it followed a trained contemporary dancer trying to master the dance. After days of being taught and corrected by the master, she conceded that there were so much intricacies and complexities in the dance involving all at once exaggerated eye movements and expression yet coordinated with delicate hand movements. It tested her in ways she didn’t expect and by the end of the documentary she understood why the girls practicing under the Master has to be trained at a tender age for. Apart from this class, guests looking to join in on other activities can select from village cycling tours, interactive Balinese cooking classes, sunrise yoga and wood carving classes. For sea sports lovers, equipments such bicycles and body boards can too be rented from the resort.
After we’d had two round of drinks, we went to check out the Private Club Pool which had a zen pool vibe with cabanas and sun beds for guest to relax on. Then, I moved on to Spa Uluwatu to take a peek at the jacuzzi, steam room and sauna facilities, which you would have found me at in the evenings, if not for deciding to take up a couple’s massage session. A buggy was sent for us to send us to Villa Retreats, where I was told that there was where the couple rooms were located. sanctuary. Even in the dark of the night, the villas looked impressive housed behind high walls with private swimming pool and cabanas. After a good massage, I retreated back to the room to enjoy a hot bath and dressed up for dinner.
For dinner, we opted to dine at Jimbaran Gardens, the only in-house restaurant serving Indonesian cuisine. After all, we were in Bali and didn’t want to pass up on any opportunity to eat Indonesian food. Dinner was sumptuous and cooked to perfection! Albeit a tad expensive, it was compensated for by the large servings!
The next morning, although we had three other restaurants to choose from, we went straight to Jimbaran Gardens for breakfast! It was an obvious choice since it was right next to the pool and had remarkable views of the sea and one could sit outdoors to take in the sun! Breakfast was international buffet at Jimbaran Gardens and a big spread was available. Though, the highlight of the breakfast was the “balinese fruit market” set up. I’ve never seen any hotel have anything quite like this, it was certainly instagrammable!
To sum up, whether you are looking to visit for business, as a couple’s getaway or for the whole family, there are options for everyone at InterContinental Bali Resort. The resort was not just a playground for children but also the adults. I do recommend however, that you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the resort and choose to stay longer than the one night I had!
Hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time…
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